Students to discuss Ojibwe field experience

September 19, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- An upcoming seminar on indigenous knowledge will highlight an enriching field experience open to all Penn State students. “Engaging with Ojibwe Communities in Northern Minnesota,” will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library. Bruce Martin, adjunct faculty member in the College of Agricultural Sciences will talk about a recent trip made by 21 Penn State students to the Red Lake, Leech Lake and Mille Lac Ojibwe nations located in northern Minnesota, for the Maymester component of CED 497B/C, an embedded course offered in spring and summer semesters. The seminar will be co-presented by Danna Jayne Seballos, assistant director of World in Conversation and Martin’s teaching assistant. This presentation can also be viewed online.

Formed from a unique relationship between Martin and Ojibwe leaders, this award-winning field experience brings students into native communities to participate in daily life with host families, take part in traditional ceremonies with medicine men and learn about the history and culture of the Ojibwe from local native teachers. At this seminar, you will hear personal accounts of students’ cultural engagements and their developing perspectives on the ways of knowing of the Ojibwe (Anishinaabeg).

The field experience is open to students at all Penn State campuses. Students interested in registering for the spring/summer 2015 Ojibwe field experience should meet Martin after the seminar or email

If you anticipate needing accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, contact Helen Sheehy (814-863-1347/ in advance of your visit.

Last Updated January 10, 2015